When you are sheltering in place having food and water is your top priority in any disaster situation. You can make it without power, and a lot of comforts, but you can’t survive without food and water.
Budget-Friendly Food Storage
Emergency food storage doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, it can be mainly comprised of items your family is already eating. Before you go out and start buying all the water, bread, and milk you can get your hands on, figure out how long you want to prepare for. Having at least a week’s worth of food and water stored up is a great idea. Keep in mind that you not only have to ride out the storm itself, but that it may also take extra time before help and supplies can make it to you.
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Start with Water
Start with your water supply. Hopefully you will continue to have running water, but don’t depend on it as your only source. Buy water bottles, or fill milk jugs, soda bottles and the likes. This is an easy way to ensure you have enough clean water to safely drink for a few days. You can make it much longer without food than without water. This should be your number 1 priority.
Next think about non-perishable food that your family will eat. Choose food that you can eat as is. Crackers and peanut butter are a good choice, as well as canned beans, and soups. Canned tuna or chicken makes for a great protein source. Don’t forget about things like granola bars, protein bars, nuts or beef jerky that you can eat right from the package.
If you have a camping stove, or a grill outside, you may also be able to heat and cook foods. Instant oatmeal, coffee, soups, and instant rice are great options.
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Other Foods to Buy
Start with a list of things that you know your family will eat and things you’ll use up even when you don’t need them during a disaster. From there, start to round it out with things that will keep you full and healthy.
Last but not least, stock up on some favorite snacks like chocolate, chips, pretzels, and cookies. It will make getting through those tough disaster days a little more bearable.
Involve Your Family
Talk to your family about your survival food supply and let them have input into what you should stock. It will give them a sense of control and responsibility. Also, it ensures that everyone is satisfied with the meals available when push comes to shove.